Favorite Jones boards:
The Women’s Solution Split was been my favorite tool for the backcountry for 3 years now. It’s by far the lightest ladies specific split on the market and yet can hold it’s edge on everything from high speed avalanche debris run-outs to 3 foot powder-day sprays to late afternoon spring-corn strolls.
What is one lesson you learned in the backcountry recently?
Things don’t always go according to plan. Whenever you head out in the backcountry bring the essentials like water, extra snacks, emergency shelter and a head lamp incase you need to spend the night. Oh yeah, and always bring extra ski straps! My bindings decided to shed screws all over Japan and ended riding with one binding held together by two ski straps!
How do you stay calm + confident when riding exposed lines?
This is why I snowboard. I drop into the zone, my “flow-state”. Nothing else matters in that moment, that perfect moment where you are one with the mountain, your board, nature. Fully free to express your unique mark on the mountain, your unique dance. I think comfort in high-exposure circumstances comes with time and experience. As you build on your journey as an athlete or mountaineer, you’re going to find yourself in higher
consequence situations. Know your backcountry partners well enough to be able to trust them with your life and do what you can to be able to help if accidents happen. Knowing you have done what you can to prepare will keep those voices at bay. Take a WFR and an Avalanche course if you and your partners plan to put yourselves in those exposed situations.
How has splitboarding changed your view of the backcountry?
Splitboarding is my primary way of accessing the backcountry. It has completely shaped the way I look at the backcountry and how we travel in it. The peace and quite of the skin track is a form of meditation and you can feel the excitement grow in the group as you ascend the route and get closer to the objective. It’s also nice to not have to rely on fossil fueled engines, like sleds or helicopters, to get me up the mountain. It’s by far my favorite way to travel in the mountains and my passion for it only continues to grow.